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Issues of 1922

For the Freistadt Danzig (Free City of Danzig), 1922 was a light year, as far as stamp issues go.

Only definitive postage stamps were issued in 1922, primarily being changes to the Arms definitive types of 1921, and the addition of new higher denominations.

The six stamps shown above were issued on February 1, 1922.  The 80 Pf. and 2 Mk. stamps were re-issued in different colors, and four new denominations, the 75 Pf., 1.25 Mk., 2.40 Mk., and 20 Mk., were added.

As with the previous issues, these stamps were all perforated 14 and watermarked honeycomb.

On February 1, the new 9 Mk. denomination was added to the Coat of Arms definitives, originally issued in August 1921.  It has the same perforation and watermark attributes as the previous types.

Between March and October of 1922, two new very high denomination definitive stamps were issued.  These new 50 Mk. and 100 Mk. denominations feature the Coat of Arms of Danzig

They are serrate rouletted 13 1/2 and are watermarked honeycomb, either upright or sideways.  In the case of these two new definitive stamps, the sideways watermarked issues are actually cheaper than the upright watermark ones.

There were three surcharged stamps issued during 1922.  They are all shown above.  The 8 Mk. on 4 Mk. was issued on May 15.  The 6 Mk. on 3 Mk. and 20 Mk. on 8 Mk. denominations were issued in October.

On July 29, the 1.50 Mk., 3 Mk., and 8 Mk. denominations, shown above, were added to the Arms definitive stamp series.

Between October and November 1922, the 5 Mk., 6 Mk., 10 Mk., and 20 Mk. denominations were added to the Arms definitive stamp series.

Anyone notice something going on here?  A bit of inflation?  Something going on with the postal rates?

In the 1920's, the social, political, and economic history of the Freistadt Danzig closely paralleled that of Weimar Germany.

By the end of 1922, the definitive letter postage stamp types denominated in Pfennigs had rapidly been replaced by those denominated in Marks.

Yes, like Weimar Germany, Danzig would soon see spiraling hyperinflation, which would continue to plague the small state through late 1923.  Those issues will be presented in the next section.

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